Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 individuals in gun and bomb assaults in 2011, was denied parole on Tuesday by a Norwegian courtroom that mentioned he “appeared devoid of empathy and compassion for the victims of the fear.”
Mr. Breivik, 42, who has served 10 years of a 21-year sentence for the assaults, confirmed no indicators that his extremist views had waned throughout his years of incarceration. When the parole listening to started on Jan. 18, he entered the courtroom and made a Nazi-style salute. He additionally carried and wore indicators emblazoned with racist messages, together with one which learn “Cease your genocide in opposition to our white nations.”
Chatting with the choose, Mr. Breivik demanded that he be handled as a prisoner of battle.
Decide Dag Bjorvik oversaw the parole listening to, which lasted for 2 weeks and was held at Skien jail for safety causes.
Mr. Breivik’s lawyer, Oystein Storrvik, confirmed that his consumer would enchantment the decision, after expressing pessimism at first of the listening to. “No Norwegian lawyer needs a case to start with a Hitler salute,” he mentioned in an interview with The Occasions final month. He mentioned he was not notably involved with Mr. Breivik successful his parole, including that his long-term technique was to “enhance the situations underneath which he’s sitting” in jail.
On July 22, 2011, Mr. Breivik detonated a fertilizer bomb in downtown Oslo, killing eight individuals. He then went on a capturing rampage at a summer season camp on the island of Utoya, killing 69 individuals, most of them youngsters. The camp was organized by the youth arm of the nation’s center-left Labor Social gathering.
The judgment mentioned Mr. Breivik “verbally expressed grief over these affected — however on the similar time, he defended and presumably legitimized his actions by saying that almost all of these affected on Utoya weren’t youngsters, however individuals with ‘management positions.’ This even if he should know that amongst these killed have been youngsters as younger as 14 years outdated.”
In the beginning of the parole listening to, Hulda Karlsdottir, the lead prosecutor, mentioned that Mr. Breivik ought to stay in jail and that he would “stay harmful after serving his sentence.”
She added: “Each the survivors and relations alike are left with bottomless grief, and the atrocities dedicated are unparalleled in Norwegian historical past.”
Mr. Breivik, who legally modified his identify to Fjotolf Hansen in 2017, mentioned he had carried out the assault as a part of a violent marketing campaign in opposition to a Muslim invasion of Europe, which he mentioned was contributing to the nation’s “cultural suicide.”
Mr. Breivik was convicted on terrorism and homicide fees in 2012 and sentenced to 21 years in jail, the utmost underneath Norwegian legislation. The sentence will be prolonged indefinitely if he’s deemed a continued risk to society.
Mr. Breivik final appeared earlier than Norwegian and European courts in 2016 to argue that his long-term solitary confinement amounted to torture. He’s being held in a three-room suite that features a treadmill, a fridge, a tv with a DVD participant and a Sony PlayStation. He has additionally threatened to go on a starvation strike.
Lisbeth Kristine Royneland, a spokeswoman for the households of victims and survivors of the assaults, mentioned she had frightened that Mr. Breivik would use the listening to as a platform to reveal his model of violent extremism. “There must be as little focus as potential on the terrorist and his message,” mentioned Ms. Royneland, whose daughter Synne Royneland was killed through the assault on Utoya.
Pal Grondahl, a forensic psychologist in Oslo who has adopted the case, mentioned in an interview that Mr. Breivik appeared “to be very a lot the Breivik we noticed each in 2012 and 2016.” He added: “Primarily based on his habits thus far, he seems to be looking for consideration with out empathy, and he has some grand illusions about himself.”
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